Master of Science Nursing Education Track

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The Master of Science in Nursing Degree (MSN) program is designed to prepare students as highly skilled professionals to lead educational and complex healthcare systems. Graduates will be prepared to assume increasing accountability and responsibility in both education and leadership positions. The curriculum is designed so that graduates of the program can practice in a culturally and ethnically diverse global society. Graduates will be able to effect changes in healthcare which is consistent with the mission of Midway University to prepare students for rewarding careers and responsible citizenship.    

The MSN nursing education track is designed to prepare nurses for teaching careers in schools of nursing and nursing staff development/education departments in a variety of healthcare settings. Students focus on professional role development, knowledge translation, quality improvement and safety, ethics and health policy, curriculum development and implementation, and outcome measurement and evaluation. Evidence-based experiences in various settings provide students with opportunities to function as nurse educators. This track will address the critical nursing faculty shortage in Kentucky and the United States.   


Student Learning Outcomes of Program

  • Construct effective communication strategies for working effectively in teams and collaboratively with other health care providers.
  • Synthesize best practices and organizational and systems leadership principles to promote high quality and safe patient care.
  • Critique evidence with an understanding of quantitative and qualitative research to guide ethical decision-making.
  • Create innovative approaches to complex issues in healthcare delivery at the local, state, and national levels based on understanding of health policy and principles of advocacy.
  • Analyze current and emerging trends and technologies to support quality healthcare.
  • Conduct a comprehensive systems assessment as a foundation for decision making.
  • Design strategies to promote lifelong learning that incorporates professional nursing
    standards and accountability for practice.

Admission Deadlines

Applications to the MSN program will be reviewed throughout the year. It is strongly recommended that prospective students complete the application process 2-3 months prior to the semester within which they would like to begin matriculating.

Admission Criteria

  1. Complete the application process for Midway University.
  2. Complete the application process for the MSN Nursing program including the following:
    • Must have BSN degree from CCNE or ACEN accredited program whose parent institution is regionally accredited. Degrees from foreign institutions will be reviewed on an individual basis.
    • Submit official transcripts from each college or university attended.
    • Recommend a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in nursing (on a 4.0 scale).
    • Must hold current and unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in Kentucky or compact state.
    • Submit professional resume or curriculum vitae.
  3. Submit the following: evidence of immunizations or titer showing immunity for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), Hepatitis B, TDAP; Varicella; Influenza; current negative tuberculin skin test or T-spot; current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers certification; and letter from health insurance company with evidence of health insurance prior to beginning practicum rotation to meet the health criteria of clinical facilities.
RN (ADN)-MSN Bridge Program

In addition to the above admission requirements, applicants to the RN (ADN)-MSN Bridge option must have ADN degree from CCNE or ACEN accredited program whose parent institution is regionally accredited. Degrees from foreign institutions will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Additional Requirements

In addition to meeting the above requirements for admission, applicants who fall into any of the following categories should supply an official TOEFL score:

  1. Born outside the United States
  2. For whom English is a second language
  3. Have a degree or transcripts from a non-U.S. institution.

A score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79-80 (Internet based) or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) will be required of those who are not U.S. citizens and for whom English is not a first language.

Guidance for Admissions to the MSN Program

Applicants not meeting the requirements for unconditional admission may be offered conditional admission upon the recommendation of the Dean. A grade point average of at least a 2.80 on a 4.0 scale is required.

To attain full standing from conditional admission (i.e., progress beyond the first six hours of coursework) the student must complete the first six hours of course work at Midway University with at least a “B” average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).

Exceptions to the above guidelines can be granted with permission of the Dean.

Degree Requirements

  1. 36 hours of graduate credits in nursing for the education track; 36 hours of graduate credits in nursing and business administration for the administration track.
  2. Minimum of 30 hours of graduate credits earned in residence at Midway University.
  3. Earn a minimum grade of B in all graduate nursing courses.
  4. Students must meet all Midway University graduation requirements for the master’s degree.
  5. Full-time students must complete degree requirements within six (6) semesters and part-time students within nine (9) semesters from time of entry into the MSN program.


General Education Hours - N/A

Elective Hours - 0

Total Hours to Complete - 36

Last updated: 10/27/2020